SAT, ACT no longer required for 2021 freshmen admission

Kailee Kokes | The Daily Gamecock

Freshmen applying for spring, fall and summer 2021 terms at USC Columbia's campus will not be required to submit standardized test scores for the ACT and SAT.

The test-optional policy applies to general admission, the Honors College and merit scholarships.

“We realize that this is an unusual time for students and that access to testing is not the same as before the pandemic,” Mary Wagner, executive director of undergraduate admissions, said in a statement. “We want to assure students they will be considered for admission to UofSC even if they cannot sit for a test.

Students may submit other "supplemental materials" in the review process if they apply without standardized test scores.

This test-optional policy decision from USC Columbia follows schools like the University of Texas at Austin, Emory University, Harvard and Cornell. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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